The Flat Tops Wilderness has been on our master travel planning Google Map for well over five years now, and now we don’t know why we didn’t make it here sooner!
The Flat Tops is a unique feature in Colorado, with mountains with, well, flat tops. With over 100 lakes and an average elevation of 10,000 feet, it’s a great way to find cooler temperatures and enjoy the summer.
There are several camping areas within the area, we chose the Stillwater area (named for the Stillwater Reservoir) due to it being the trailhead for the Devils Causeway (the #1 hike in the Flat Tops) and Flat Top Mountain (the highest point in the Wilderness area at 12,354 feet).
After driving the 10 miles of bumpy gravel road in, and then looking through the two campgrounds that we had interest in, we decided that boondocking in one of the marked spots outside the campgrounds was our best bet due to the other campers already present. Nothing like searching for peace and quiet and having the guys next to you fire up a generator so they can watch TV!
We lucked out with a gorgeous spot overlooking the Bear River, and a perfect view of Flat Top Mountain. Add in daily visits by woodland creatures like snowshoe hares, a yellow-bellied marmot, multiple chipmunks and two stray horses that escaped from a group down the hill, and the spot couldn’t be better.
With clear sunlight from sunrise to sunset, we were able to keep laptops, kindles, phones, and camera charged, and with prudent monitoring of the solar output we were able to switch the refrigerator to run off of solar all day long, switching it back to propane at night. Jackpot! On our final morning the smoke from several Colorado wildfires diminished the sun somewhat, but we didn’t need the output as we were leaving and it made for a beautiful morning view.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Pod
Down the Valley
After the Storm
Flat Tops Wilderness
Field of Flowers
Here Bunny Bunny
And Here’s Alan Alan Alan
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